VISION & MISSION
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
– Matthew 5:16
WHO WE ARE
We are believers in Jesus Christ who come together where we live to worship the Lord, study His word, pray, and preach the gospel. Our aim is to serve and love Him, for the building up of the Church, the Body of Christ.
As a gathering of the church here in Chicago, we testify to the fact that Jesus Christ came the first time to deal with the problem of our sins and resurrected from the dead so that we could receive His divine life. Today, based on the finished work of Christ, the gift of salvation is made to all who will receive it by faith in Jesus Christ. As the church we testify also to the fact that Christ will come a second time, apart from sin, to establish His kingdom on the earth. So, “come and see” what the Lord has done and is doing among us! All are welcome to join!
OUR HEART & MISSION
Our heart and mission is three-fold. We pray that lives would be changed by Jesus Christ through the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. As we are molded and shaped by the Word and the Holy Spirit, we aim to be a people that love God with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love our neighbors as ourselves. Finally, as Jesus commissioned His disciples to make disciples of all the nations, we too share in that commission. We strive to be those reaching others around us, both far and near, with the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the wonderful and great salvation found only in Him.
JESUS' PRAYER FOR ALL BELIEVERS
"That they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me."
– John 17:21
In the New Testament, the believers simply came together wherever they lived as the church in that place, e.g. the church of God in Corinth (1 Cor. 1:2), the church in Ephesus (Rev. 2:1), or the church of the Thessalonians (1 Thes. 1:1). On the night that Jesus was betrayed, He prayed "I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me” (John 17:20-21). As Jesus prayed that believers would be genuinely one so that the world may believe that He is the Christ, the one sent by the Father, and as the only practical pattern of how the church was referred to was by the city the believers were in, we refer to ourselves as the church in the city we live in, or "the church of the Chicagoans."